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Double side contacted cells with innovative carrier-selective contacts

Objective

The DISC project addresses the need to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels by developing key technologies for the next generation of high-performance photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and modules, allowing ultra-low solar electricity costs with minimum environmental impact.
DISC focuses on the only way to fully exploit the potential of silicon to its maximum: through the use of carrier selective junctions, i.e., contacts which allow charge carriers to be extracted without recombination. Such contacts allow for simple device architecture as considered in DISC - non-patterned double-side contacted cells – which can be fabricated within a lean process flow, either by upgrading existing or within future production lines. In DISC, a unique consortium of experienced industrial actors will collaborate with a set of institutes with demonstrated record devices and worldwide exceptional experience in the R&D field of carrier selective contacts. DISC will target efficiencies >25.5% on large area cell and >22% at module level while demonstrating pilot manufacturing readiness at competitive costs.
Together with a reduction of non-abundant material consumption (Ag, In), with an enhancement of the energy yield, with modern module design ensuring outstanding durability, DISC will provide the key elements for achieving in Europe very low Levelized Costs of Electricity between 0.04 – 0.07$/kWh (depending on the irradiation), with mid-term potential for further reduction, making solar one of the cheapest electricity source. The high efficient PV modules developed in DISC are predestined for rooftop installations, i.e., neutral with respect to land use aspects. A life cycle approach applied in DISC prevents the shifting of environmental or social burdens between impact categories.
DISC has a chance to contribute towards mitigating the impacts of climate change, improving energy access and towards bringing Europe back at the forefront of solar cell science, technology and manufacturing

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2016-RES-CCS-RIA
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

INSTITUT FUR SOLARENERGIEFORSCHUNG GMBH
Address
Am Ohrberg 1
31860 Emmerthal
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 994 795

Participants (12)

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 799 967,50
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 857 547,50
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
MEYER BURGER AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Schorenstrasse 39
3645 Gwatt Thun
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TOTAL MARKETING SERVICES
France
EU contribution
€ 157 626,25
Address
Cours Michelet 24
92800 Puteaux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 372 125
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VON ARDENNE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 535 150
Address
Am Hahnweg 8
01328 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MECO EQUIPMENT ENGINEERS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 416 556,25
Address
Marconilaan 2
5151 DR Drunen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECOSOLIFER HETEROJUNCTION KORLATOLTFELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 193 501,25
Address
Kulterulet 0219/31 Hrsz
9300 Csorna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AYMING
France
EU contribution
€ 148 750
Address
185 Avenue Des Gresillons
92622 Gennevilliers Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 267 500
Address
Saint Mary Axe 33 2Nd Floor 33
EC3A 8AA London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)